Friday, 8 March 2013

Daiwa New Era Fly Rods

New Era SLR Fly Rods from Daiwa
Well the rods have rolled off the production line in Wishaw in Scotland and are now on their way to shops all over the UK. These have been in development for over two years and when I was asked to join Daiwa as a Game Angling Consultant these were the rods that they had me working on first. The development and production plant in Scotland is second to none and although it has taken a bit of time and a lot of testing ( which I don’t mind because most of it was done fishing!!) for these rods to be produced I promise you the wait has been well worth it.

So why are these rods so special well its all to do with the X45 Carbon construction.

The range starts at a 9ft 5wt which has light and sensitive tip and is a great dry fly rod.

Small Stillwater fishing is covered with the 9ft 6wt

For bank anglers there are 3 in the range 9ft6inch 6wt, 9ft6inch 7wt and 9ft6inch 8wt. The 8wt is also a great single handed sea trout and salmon rod. Last year I was over in Norway and all the Scandinavians were flabbergasted by this rod.
Boat anglers are catered for with 3 rods 10ft 7wt, 10ft 8wt and a 11ft3inch 7/8 which also doubles up as a great switch rod

Salmon Anglers are well catered for with 5 rods starting with a 11ft3inch 7/8wt switch rod all the way up to 15ft 11wt.

Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Start of 2013

Well the picture above sums up the start of the year for me, bad weather, river levels high at first, then they were great but I could not get to the river because of the snow!!!!! Snow melt meant I was able to drive however when it gets into the river system it destroys the fishing for a few days!! Boy is this weather ever going to give  fishermen a break.
So no fishing for a bit so what else could I do. First Bearleft and I had to wrap up some projects that we had outstanding from last year.

My house was turned into a TV studio and we finished all the fly tying and some teck clips we had to do for the New Era Fly rod range from Daiwa. If you have a chance go and have a cast with these rods available soon at your nearest Daiwa dealer, you will be amazed by their performance.

 Well I finally got out on the river and was joined by Norri and Darren from Daiwa for a fishing day on the Dee in North Wales. Weather was ok but the river was a little high but fish-able in the back eddies and slack water. Above is Nori catching his first ever welsh Grayling. Not to be out done Darren latter on tried out the Daiwa Tenkara rod that he had sent over from Japan and by the smile on his face he was quite happy with its performance.

A nice fish on the 4 meter tenkara rod!

After a few days fishing it was time to pack and do our annual trip to Angling Ireland Expo in Dublin. This year Daiwa had a big stand to support all their Irish dealers and we had a stand tagged onto the end of that.
The Morgan girls manning the stand just before the show opened. In previous years the show had been accused of having too much for the game angler and not enough for the other disciplines. This time Mara Media had made sure that every aspect of fishing was covered. The seminar was packed with Sea- Game and Coarse fishing talks. New names at this years show were Bob Nudd MBE, Henny Gillby and Mike Thrussell all of whom proved very popular. Jim Clohessy and Marry Gavin Hughes's talks were again very well supported. On the casting pool we had Peter O Rilley, Glend Powell, Stevy Munn and Tom Dock from the House of Hardy. Oh yea we did our bit as well with Yasmin and Tanya impressing everybody with the standard to their casting. I did a bait casting demo for the first time in years and when there is a hoop on the water it does put a lot of pressure on you but even if I say it myself I was very accurate!!!! The one stand that always impresses me is Dublin Angling Initiative who run quizzes, questionnaires and a load of other stuff for the kids to enjoy. Once again a great show and big thank you to everybody who came and watched the demos and came to have a chat.

Well after coming home it was time for the Ospreys AGM which was a great excuse for a few of us to spend a few days up in Llangollen fishing the river Dee. Look closely at the pic above as this fish would not stay still at all for a pic. We had a great few days and Paul will be doing a little video with some of the highlights of the trip. Have a look at as the clips will be posted there.
Ok its time to pack again as I am getting ready for my spring trip up North for the Glasgow Open Weekend which keeps getting better and better every year. If you are coming please come and say high. We will have the full range of New Era rods for you to try out.
Tight Lines 

Monday, 31 December 2012

2012 What a Year!!!!!

Well what a year, early on  we were faced with drought and hose pipe bans with most reservoirs down to bare bones and jetty's being moved on a daily basis just to keep the boats in the water as the level dropped. Boy that seams such a distant memory. Then came the floods that have devastated communities and people that were flooded earlier on in the year have still not got back in their homes.!!!! Seems wrong to complain about the fishing when you think of it in the wider picture but I'm a fisherman and that's what I do, I go fishing. So please stop raining we've had enough.
All river anglers have suffered, finding the river has been the biggest problem at some times let alone wetting a line. Next year all of us will be faced with the challenge of re-learning the rivers we fish with different runs and pools that will have been created by the floods.

Floods in Aberystwyth Playing fields

The reservoirs have been a bit better but the high levels have upset the fish and fishing has been challenging. The high levels over the winter boads well for a great opening day in 2013. We have also seen a major change with Bewl water following Hanningfeild and turning into multi-method. This has been the case on many lakes in Wales for years and has worked well. The change in Bewl was met by  huge opposition but if this means that the venue stays open to fishing then I think this will be a road that many more reservoirs will have to follow. I fished Esthwaite a few years ago while filming the Pike DVD with Ant Glasgow and it was fantastic to see families fishing together some children were worming while their Dads were fly fishing, No snobbery, No stigma just everybody enjoying being on the water and catching fish.

Now to my year well the highlight for me was signing for Daiwa as a Consultant and working with the engineers in Scotland has been a delight. I have been working with them all through the year developing and fine tuning the New Era range of rods which were launched to the trade back in October at T&G show and will be in the shops end of January. These rods are the beginning of Daiwa's new game range with a lot more exciting things to come. Above you can see the 9ft 6inch 8wt being put to the test on Draycote water.

Fishing wise I did a lot of guiding on small still waters and reservoirs but not as much as I would like on rivers as most of the time the problem was finding a river which was fish-able. Rutland proved very challenging for me and location  was key- just proves that the more you fish it the better you get to know its moods. Draycot proved the best venue through the year with fish feeding well on buzzers and nymphs.
One of the highlights was taking Callum Smalley out on Pitsford the day before his England eliminator and the way he fished in practice I knew he would win the event even though I did not tell his old man as he was nervous enough as it was. To cut a long story short not only did he win he walked away with it and was the only one to bag up with 8 fish by approx 2pm. Well done mate, showed your old man how to do it. Then Steve went and qualified for England on Bewl in September so Son and Farther won their caps but junior was National Champion!!!     

Callum with one of the fish he caught during practice all on a midge-tip Well done and good luck in the International next year.

One of the competitions I fished this year was the Home International Bank Championship which was held at Garnffrwd in Wales. I was the Welsh team manager which meant I had to organize the event as well. I am so grateful to everybody who helped and made my job easy, but a special thanks must go to Jamie the owner of the fishery, nothing was too much trouble and everybody enjoyed their visit to Wales and loved the fishery and the results, well Wales were 3rd!!!
The second was the Grayling Festival on the river Dee in November and once again we were beaten on countback. We had the same place points as the winning team but they just pipped us by fish points but they were from CZ and they have some of the best river anglers in the world.

 Above the winning CZ Team with the New Grayling Trophy presented by Ken Bathers.

This has been a year of contrasts with a lot of shows trying to go ahead then cancelling at the 11th hour or after a day due to the weather. The major set back to all country folk was the cancelling of the CLA Game Fair but after seing the pictures it was the correct decision much to everybody's disappointment, roll on Ragley next July. One show I have to mention was the Welsh Game Fair who firstly changed the venue and if they had not then there would not have been a show at all. Secondly for all the hard work that was carried out on Thursday and Friday to make sure the show went ahead a mammoth task but well done!! 

Just to prove we did have some good weather this year here are the girls practicing the day before the Royal Welsh show in July!!
The season started early for us with the first show in Dublin and we will be back there in less than 6 weeks and look forward to seeing all our Irish friends. This year the whole Morgan clan went and Yasmin and Tanya stole the show with their demonstration on the indoor pool.

Then it was Glasgow Angling Centre and as usual Paul and his team put on a great show. I spent the weekend interviewing all the personalities all of which is on my you tube channel
I went to Norway twice and the shows were fantastic and its nice to meet different anglers from other countries and share experiences.
Fenland Fair added another day to the show due to the cancellation of the CLA and it proved to be a great success. This is one of the oldest Country fairs in the UK and still has the feel of a proper country show. On a very sad not Joan Hall one of the organizers passed away and will be greatly missed by all who knew here and all my thoughts are with Malcolm and his family at this difficult time.
The Midland Game Fair proved a great crowd pleaser once again and this year saw fisherman's row well supported by the public with every stand holder going away with a smile on their faces.
This year my great friend Stevie Munn decided to pick up the batton and organize the Irish Fly Fair after Mara Media had decided to withdraw from the event. This was a great gamble for him and I am pleased to report that the show was a great success with everybody having a great weekend and the best thing Stevie is not bankrupt !!!!!!


This year Bearleft and I have been busy first with the you tube clips we filmed at GAC Open weekend. Then we produced two  DVD's on fly tying, one on Stillwater patterns and the other on River Patterns which are now available from my website shop. We have also been filming a year on reservoir boat fishing. This is always challenging as Aaron ( director!!! so he says !!!) hates boats and they never drift properly and he cant get the correct angle and shot.  

You will not believe it but the shot above is the Spring shoot!!!!! Look out for this Boat 4 Seasons coming out in the New Year. I would like to thank both Aaron and Alan for there patience and hard work through the year and most of all in edit that makes me look good in front of camera!!! Now that is a tough job!!

Another year gone another year older can I take this opportunity in wishing you all the very best for 2013 and hope all your dreams come true.

Tight Lines



Thursday, 31 May 2012

Fishing round up

Well its been some time since I sat down and wrote something for my blog but I have been busy teaching, doing demos and shows. Due to time constraints I am going to skip through some of the highlights of the last few months.Above you will see Yasmin waiting to get onto the Ferry to Dublin to do the Angling Ireland show. This was the first time the Morgan clan had all gone over and a big thank you must go to Mara Media for making the girls so welcome. Both Yas and Tanya were fantastic and it was the first time they have done a demo indoors with the audience so close, but both of them enjoyed the experience.
Glasgow Angling Center weekend proved to be another fantastic success, Bearleft and myself were there filming for my YouTube channel If you have never been to the Open weekend check out you tube and it will show you what you are missing.
After a few shows it was back down to do some filming so Bearleft and I rocked up at Draycott to do a Spring early season fishing section for my new DVD but what a day 25 degree heat and everything looking like a summers day. The lake was very low but at least the fish started co-operating after a while!!!
 One of the highlights this Spring for me was being guest at the Help for Heroes charity match on Llandegfedd- congratulations to everybody who organized and fished this event as nearly £4,000 was raised for the cause.

Above I am doing one of my distance casting demo's at the Dutch Fly Fair. It was fantastic to return to this show after not being there for years. Great to make new friends and catch up with people I have not seen in years. I would like to thank Caveman and Jo for  the invitation and congratulations to you both for such a successful show.
The day after Dutch Fly Fair I was off to the Lake of Menteeth in Scotland to help the wife fish in the Ladies International Match.( Above Debs adopts a relaxed fishing position for the practice day !) We had one days practice and the fish in the lake were turbo charged bars of silver. Tested both fishermen and their tackle!!! To be honest every woman that fished the competition deserved a medal as the lake was flat calm and 30 degrees !!!!!!! Not good for fishing but great for a sun tan!!!! Congratulations to Scotland who were worthy winners.
There are many more high lights but unfortunatley I have got to go and do some work!!!! I am now working on some new fly selections for next years Daiwa's game range.
Tight Lines 

Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Where does time go!!!!! well its now 2012 and already February !! January was a good month, first, we finally finished my stillwater DVD
this was a 12 month project where I fished on small and large still waters. Even if I say it myself this is one of the best we have ever produced and a big thank you must go to Bearleft.TV for filming and putting together this 2 disc set. It has just received a fantastic review in this months Trout Fisherman. Here is a link to the trailer
After that I went fishing and my first competition of the year was The Colin Miller memorial match at Garnffrwd fishery and as you may be able to tell from the picture above I managed to win it. Great start to 012!!!
Next was the first show of the year yes I know what you are thinking Me in a Carp show well not really as it was Carp and Angling and I was quite busy teaching fly casting to Carp and predator anglers who wanted to give fly fishing for their respective quarry a go. It was held at the Norfolk showground and if this year is anything to go by look out for next years show as it will be bigger and better.
The biggest news I have to share is that I have joined Daiwa as a consultant to work on their game range. I have already tried some of their prototypes and believe you me there are some new and exciting things going to come out of Scotland in the next few seasons.
I am now packing and getting ready to go to Ireland for the Ireland Angling show in Dublin and this year both my daughters are going to feature in the demonstrations so the whole Morgan clan are off to the Emerald Isle

Friday, 23 December 2011

A Month of Contrasts

Yes another month has gone by since I sat down and wrote something for my blog- but hey what a month from fly fishing in Mauritius to greyling fishing in the river Dee and demonstrating at the Irish Fly Fair. So where do I start ?
It has been a busy month in the Morgan house hold with me just popping home here and there just to pick up clean clothes and catching a few hours with the family!!!
Late in October John Emerson and myself ran another Grayling masterclass on the river Dee in North Wales and the river fished very well with everybody on the course catching beautiful fish. After that it was off to the Welsh bank trial to try and qualify for next years Welsh team. The trial was held on Garnffrwd fishery and it proved to be a testing trial. The morning was ok and I caught on stalking bugs and I ended in second place but boy did things change in the afternoon. I had takes on all platforms but could not convert these takes into fish landed and as the day went on the worse it got. To cut a long story short I caught my last fish with 5 minutes to go on a dry which meant I qualified for the team. To quote my old man " You just scrapped through "!!!
After that I was off to Ireland to the Irish Fly Fair in Galway and what great show. Thank you to everybody who came to the show and once again Mara Media did a fantastic job of organizing the show!!
It was then a 2 day turnaround as I was flying out of London to Mauritius to do some fly fishing with Beachcomber tours- the picture above shows Scott Mckenzie and myself fishing in the surf for GT's- It was a fantastic trip with accommodation to die for and the food was out of this world. It even made the 12 hour flight worth while. We had a great trip and the best fish landed was a 140 yellow fin Tuna (well done Scott) I did fight a black marlin ( estimated at 2-300lb)for all of 30 seconds!!!!! and we did get one other hit but that was it. The place is back on the map for big game fishing and I will be back!!
I flew back overnight landing in Heathrow at 6am and was in North Wales by 4pm to fish the Grayling International over the weekend. This was even a quicker turnaround with one hour at home to drop off my dirty clothes and pack my thermals!!! Two days of fishing with the river rising all the time. It was tough to say the least but we did manage to winkle a few fish out and by the end of the comp we came second. Well done to Ken Bathers and the team for running a great competition. It is a testament to their hard work as teams travel from as far a field as Belgium, Italy and the Isle of Man.
Can I take this opportunity to wish everybody a Merry Christmas and Tight Lines for the coming season

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Where does time go !!! I think the older we get the faster time goes!!!
Yes its been some time since I sat down and wrote something for my blog- why?, well I just have not had the time. It has been a busy time teaching demonstrating and filming. The first thing I have to mention was my trip to Ireland with the Welsh team for the bank international. This was fished in a mountain loch and I know the mountain goats loved the area but boy it was tough going. The competition was hard and to be honest the only team that had their tactics bang on were the Scottish team and they were worthy winners. Top rod went to Ireland and best fish went to Lee from Wales. Competition fishing is not all about catching fish its the whole event and we had a great time in the "Emerald Isle" meeting old friends and making new ones.
I taught at Blackdyke fishery and anybody who lives any where near Cambridge should visit this fishery as it offers great fishing at a reasonable cost.
I ran my first Winter fly fishing course at Garnffrwd fishery and that proved to be a great day with everybody in the group catching fish and improving their tecneque. More courses to follow email me for more information. John Emmerson and myself had the first Grayling course on the river Dee in North Wales and again the fishing was great with everybody crossing swords with the Lady of the Stream. Next course will be held in January.
Filming has been very interesting in the last few weeks- firstly we filmed the autumn section of our new DVD on the river. On the day we faced hurricane winds howling down the valley, boy it was interesting casting and we should have done a section on "self preservation casts"- we also went to Draycot water to film the Autumn section of the bank fishing VD and I cant wait to see the footage as we had fantastic fishing with fish up to 6lb. Hard fighting bars of silver "fishing does not get better than this"!!!!
Lastly I had the Bank trial for next years Welsh team and it was held on Garnffrwd fishery. The morning proved difficult but fish were there to be caught and by lunch time I had managed to winkle out 7 fish. The afternoon proved far more difficult and I had takes on every platform but none of them stuck and by the last session I only had 1 fish and was out of the running for the team. In the last 15 minutes of the competition I decided to fish dries and by luck or divine intervention I managed to catch another putting me into next years team. ( by the skin of my Teeth!!!!!)
Ah well its time to pack as I am off to the Irish Fly Fair In Galway so come and say hi if you are there- I will be the one running around on the Mic trying to keep everybody informed on whats going on as well as doing a casting demo in the afternoon.